Blowing the Whistle on Whistleblowers

  • Aired:  06/11/13
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Al Madrigal lauds the American agriculture industry for protecting animals from people trying to protect the animals. (5:13)

>> WELCOME BACK.

WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT STANDING

UP FOR TRULY SHOCKING ABUSES BUT

IS THERE EVER A TIME TO PUT THAT

WHISTLE AWAY AND SHUT THE

[BLEEP] UP?

AL MADRIGAL HAS THE ANSWER.

>> WE'VE ALL SEEN THE SHOCKING

UNDERCOVER VIDEOS FROM ANIMAL

RIGHTS ACTIVISTS INSIDE

AMERICA'S FACTORY FARMS.

NOW LAWMAKERS ARE DECIDING TO DO

SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

BY MAKING THESE VIDEOS ILLEGAL.

>> SEVERAL STATES ARE WORKING ON

LAWS TO OUTLAW THE SHOOTING OF

THESE VIDEOS.

IN ONE CASE ACTIVISTS COULD BE

PUT ON A TERROR WATCH LIST.

>> EMILY MEREDITH FROM THE

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE ALLIANCE

EXPLAINS WHY.

>> WE WANT THE WHISTLE TO BE

BLOWN ON ANIMAL ABUSE.

>> UNFORTUNATELY GROUPS LIKE

PETA AND THE HUMANE SOCIETY ARE

GETTING VIDEO FOOTAGE AND

SHOWING THAT VIDEO WITH A FALSE

NARRATIVE.

>> LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT.

YOU'RE PROTECTING THE ANIMALS

FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING

TO PROTECT THE ANIMALS.

>> YES.

ACCORDING TO MEREDITH, WHAT

THESE ACTIVISTS ARE FILMING

OFTEN ISN'T EVEN ABUSE.

>> WHAT THEY'RE TAKING FOOTAGE

OF IS STANDARD INDUSTRY

PRACTICES.

I SAW OPEN HEART SURGERY FOR THE

FIRST TIME I WOULD WANT TO KNOW

IF IT'S THE BEST SUCIALG ONIN

THE WORLD.

>> IF YOU TAKE A JOB AT THE

SLAUGHTER HOUSE YOU'RE GOING TO

SEE SOME SLAUGHTER.

>> RIGHT.

IT'S CALLED SLAUGHTER HOUSE.

THAT'S WHAT WE DO

>> Reporter: UNLESS YOU'RE AN

EXPERT IT'S HARD TO TELL THE

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANYTHING.

IS THIS GUY A TRAINED SURGEON OR

A MACHETE-WIELDING SERIAL

KILLER?

WHO ARE THESE PURVEYORS?

>> WOULD MAY GO BY CODY ONE DAY

AND JIMMY THE NEXT.

AND NOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE

GETTING ON TO THESE FARMS AND

TAKING VIDEO.

>> I SAT DOWN WITH ONE OF THESE

CODY-JIMMIES WHO IS TEARING THE

HEART OUT OF AMERICA'S

HEARTLAND.

>> MY NAME IS CODY.

I'M A FORMER UNDERCOVER

INVESTIGATOR FOR THE HUMANE

SOCIETY OF THE U.S. AND MERCY

FOR ANIMALS.

>> DO I LOOK LIKE A FARMER?

NO.

THEN WHY ARE YOU TRYING TO

[BLEEP] ME LIKE ONE?

>> THIS INDUSTRY IS INCAPABLE OF

SELF-REGULATION.

ONLY AN INDUSTRY WITH SOMETHING

TO HIDE WOULD TRY TO SILENCE

WHISTLE BLOWERS AND KEEP CAMERAS

OUT.

>> THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYTHING

WRONG.

STANDARD PRACTICE.

YOU DIDN'T UNCOVER ANYTHING.

>> WHEN STANDARD PRACTICES

INCLUDE CUTTING OFF BEAKS AND

TAILS AND HORNS WITHOUT

ANESTHESIA, SOMETHING BEING A

STANDARD PRACTICE DOESN'T MEAN

IT'S OKAY TO DO.

>> SADLY THESE LAWS WEREN'T IN

PLACE WHEN CRIMINAL WHISTLE

BLOWER CODY WENT UNDERCOVER

WITHOUT EXPLICITLY TELLING THE

FARMER WHO HE WAS.

THAT'S WHEN THE REAL TRAGEDY

OCCURRED.

>> THEY AIRED A NATIONAL STORY.

THAT'S WHEN THE DISTRICT

ATTORNEY PICKED UP THE

INVESTIGATION AND ACTUALLY

CONVICTED ONE OF MY SUPERVISORS

OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

>> WHAT WAS THE SUPERVISOR

DOING?

>> BEATING THEM WITH A KRENCH,

THE CATS.

>> BECAUSE THEY DESERVED IT.

WERE TRYING TO

BE FRIENDLY AND NUZZLE UP TO HIM

AS HE WAS WORKING.

>> IT HAPPENS TO ME ALL THE TIME

IN THE OFFICE.

IF AN INTERN COMES UP AND IS

TRYING TO TALK TO ME AND ASK ME

QUESTIONS ABOUT COMEDY, I BEAT

THEM WITH A WRENCH.

>> THOSE ARE INTERNS.

THEY CHOOSE TO BE THERE.

>> GOOD POINT.

I NEEDED TO SEE ONE OF THESE

VIDEOS FOR MYSELF.

>> DISGUSTING.

I MEAN HAND HELD CAMERAS

LITERALLY GIVE ME VERTIGO.

>> IS THAT A RAT?

YEAH, THAT'S A RAT.

BUT IT WAS THE ABUSE THAT I

DIDN'T SEE THAT WAS TRULY

DISTURBING.

>> YOU'RE LOOKING AT VIDEOS VIDEOS THAT

HAVE BEEN HIGHLY EDITED

MANIPULATED.

>> WE EDIT THE FOOTAGE BECAUSE

MOST PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO WATCH

HOURS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY.

>> WE DON'T EDIT [BLEEP].

HOW DARE YOU.

AS MEREDITH POINTS OUT, THESE

LAWS ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE THEY

PROTECT THE DEFENSELESS AGAINST

THE BLIND INTERESTS OF BIG

BUSINESS.

>> THIS IS REALLY ABOUT PROFITS.

THESE VIDEOS ARE HOW THEY RAISE

FUNDS AND HOW THEY KEEP DOING

WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

>> SO IT'S THE ACTIVISTS THAT

ARE CONNECTED WITH THE BOTTOM

LINE NOT THE FARMERS.

>> YES.

THE ANIMAL ACTIVIST INDUSTRY IS

A HUGE BUSINESS.

>> ANIMAL ACTIVISM IS A HUGE

BUSINESS.

ONE THAT IS ALMOST SOMEWHAT

COMPLETELY DWARFED BY THE U.S.

AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY.

BUT THE PROBLEM WITH WHISTLE

BLOWING IS THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO

WANT TO HEAR THE WHISTLE.

>> I THINK I SPEAK FOR THE

MAJORITY OF AMERICANS WHEN I SAY

I DON'T WANT TO KNOW.

>> EVEN IF YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT

ANIMAL WELFARE, THESE ARE LAWS

THAT ARE FLAGRANTLY

UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

THEY'RE DESIGNED TO SHUT DOWN

YOUR ABILITY TO KNOW HOW THINGS

ARE HAPPENING.

>> YOU'RE THE GUY WALKING AROUND

TELLING EVERYBODY THERE'S PEE IN

THE POOL.

I KNOW THERE'S PEE IN THE POOL.

I DON'T EVEN CARE IF IT IS ME.

I JUST WANT CHEESE ON IT.

EAT IT.

GET THE [BLEEP] OUT OF THERE.

>> WHAT DO AMERICANS REALLY

WANT?

CHEAP, HOT MEAT.

NO MATTER HOW WE GET IT.

>> YOU THINK THESE ARE GOOD?

YOU SHOULD TRY PORK RINDS.

>> AL MADRIGAL,

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